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August 19, 2020

Dear Rosemont students, faculty, and staff members, 

Today, we welcome the Class of 2024 and our new transfer students to Rosemont.   

As I drove onto campus this morning, I could feel the excitement in the air.  There is no doubt that this Fall semester will be one unlike any other this College community has experienced.  We will need to modify every aspect of our lives on this campus to keep one another safe, and I am grateful for how willing each of you has been in doing do.  All of that said – and I recognize that it’s been said in many messages these past few weeks - there is a  palpable sense of relief to return to the routine of a new semester and a true eagerness to engage with one another.   

As we move through the weeks of the Fall semester, I want to keep the lines of the communication with you open and keep you updated on all that is taking place at Rosemont.  Beginning next week, I’ll be sending out an email each Monday to the College community, including our alumni and families.  It will be similar to the summary emails that many major news outlets issue to subscribers in that it will provide you with highlights of important information, direct you to information on our website, and give you tidbits of news.  Look for it in your inbox on Monday. 

The orientation activities of SOAR Weekend will take place over the next few days.  This evening at 5 pm, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by the socially distant Welcome Dinner under the tent on Connelly Green to say hello to our newest students. 

SOAR Weekend will conclude on Sunday at 6:30 pm with the College’s traditional Cap and Gown Ceremony, also under the tent on Connelly Green.  This year, the Ceremony will be, of course, socially distant, but will also be livestreamed on the College’s website and Facebook Live.  I hope that you will join us. 

As I will mention in my remarks at the Cap and Gown Ceremony, this semester will require much of all of us.  But, most of all it will require TRUST, COMMITMENT, COURAGE, and CARE from each one of us. I want you to be assured that I am committed to this College, as I know each of you are, and that together, we will find the courage and care to trust each other to make this year the very best it can be. 

I am grateful that August 19 is here.  I look forward to the Fall semester with you. 

President Boyers 


August 12, 2020

Rosemont College held a Town Hall Meeting to answer your questions about Rosemont 2020 and life on campus this Fall. A physician and an infectious disease expert from Main Line Health joined us for the Town Hall Meetings to provide their medical expertise regarding COVID-19, as well as the College’s plans for baseline testing, daily health checks, contact tracing, social distancing, and sanitization. Watch a recorded version of the event below.

August 7, 2020

Dear Rosemont Undergraduate College Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As you learned earlier this week, Rosemont 2020, the College’s plan to reopen, includes the requirement that all Undergraduate College students, as well as faculty and staff of the College receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of their first day on campus.

We have heard from many of you that you are grateful that the College is safeguarding the health of the campus community through the requirement, but that you are having difficulty obtaining a COVID-19 test on your own.

This email will outline several additional options for obtaining a test, that we are now able to offer through our partnership with Main Line Health:

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

On Thursday, August 13 between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 pm, Main Line Health will be on campus to offer COVID-19 testing for staff, Aramark employees, and Parkhurst employees, as well as Undergraduate College First Year Students who will be returning to campus on August 19.  Only those students who will be physically on campus on August 19 are eligible for this testing date.

  • You MUST reserve a specific 10-minute time slot for your test. No walk-up appointments will be possible.  To select your slot, click here to reach the reservation form.
  • Test results are expected in approximately 3-5 days.
  • The College will cover the cost of the on campus COVID-19 test, if you are uninsured. If you are insured, your insurance will be billed.

On Tuesday, September 8 between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 pm, Main Line Health will be on campus to offer COVID-19 testing for Undergraduate College faculty, as well as upper-class students who will be starting classes on-campus on Monday, September 14.

  • You MUST reserve a specific 10-minute time slot for your test. No walk-up appointments will be possible.  To select your slot, click here to reach the reservation form.
  • Test results are expected in approximately 3-5 days.
  • The College will cover the cost of the on campus COVID-19 test, if you are uninsured. If you are insured, your insurance will be billed.

Mail-In Kit Testing

LabCorp offers the option of a Mail-In Test Kit. To order a Kit, visit: https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/covid-19

Click on “Order Kit” button. In next window, click on “Get Started” to reach an eligibility survey.  The survey will ask if you have symptoms, or if you have been exposed, but it also asks if you are requesting a test due to “living or working in a congregate setting” - it is important to select this option. Then in the next screen, select “I’d like to use my insurance” or “I am uninsured.” If you are uninsured, you’ll need to pay $119 on your credit/debit card to complete the transaction. Please note that the College will not reimburse this expense. LabCorp will ship the test kit to you, complete with pre-paid FedEx return mailer for you to mail in the specimen.

If you have questions about these three additional options for COVID-19 testing, please reach out to DeanOfStudents@rosemont.edu.  We will help you find a solution.

Most of all, thank you for helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the entire campus community through your willing participation in this baseline COVID-19 testing.  I recognize that many of you are eager to return to campus, and we are equally excited to have you back, so that we can continue to provide a high-quality on-campus Rosemont experience for you.

 Electing a Fully Online & Off-Campus Fall Semester

That said, I also want to note what has been a part of Rosemont 2020 from the beginning of the plan, any student of the Undergraduate College who cannot, for whatever reason, comply with our COVID testing and quarantine requirements or who wishes to take all courses of the Fall semester fully online while living off-campus, should contact Provost Lisa Dolling at provost@rosemont.edu no later than Thursday, August 13 at 5 pm for arrangements to be made. Please note that if you elect to take your Fall semester courses online, your schedule may be subject to change.

 Town Hall Meeting Registration is Now Open

 Also, a reminder that next week we will be holding three Town Hall Meetings about Rosemont 2020 to answer your questions.  A physician and an infectious disease expert from Main Line Health will be joining us for all three Town Hall Meetings.   We encourage you to attend to ask the questions that you have about Rosemont 2020 and life on campus this Fall.

  • Tuesday, August 11 at 2 pm – Exclusively for College Faculty & Staff
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 6 pm – Exclusively for Students/Families of the Undergraduate College
  • Thursday, August 13 am at 11 am – Open to Any Member of the College Community

Meetings will be held via Zoom Webinar.  A link to the webinar will be emailed to you approximately 2 hours prior to the Town Hall for which you register.  To register, please sign up online today.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone on campus soon.

Many thanks,

Jayson Boyers, EdD

President

 

***Important Reminder:  All Students of the Undergraduate College are reminded to complete the online form to designate the one person who may visit them on campus during the Fall semester, as well as their emergency contact person and those with whom the College will regularly communicate.  The form and the revised Guest Policy can be found here on the College's website.

 

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I am writing to you today to share additional details about Rosemont 2020, the College’s plan to reopen this Fall. 

I know you’ve been awaiting this information, and the Taskforce for Reopening and I have been eager to provide it to you. Our work these last few weeks has been informed by the way the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Philadelphia region and the nation.  We recognize that will continue, and that it is possible that our plan may need to be altered by the virus’ influence. 

As I’ve reminded the Taskforce, and as I know I’ve shared with you, this pandemic calls all of us to be nimble and fluid – “like water,” if you will.  Today, I add another thought.  I believe that keeping our focus fixed on the what and why, not the how is key in this situation. Our what and why is our goal of safeguarding the health and safety of the College community, so that we can continue to carry out the College’s mission.  There is no one way forward when no play book or road map exists; in other words, there is no perfect how. I believe that working toward what is best while staying open to changing our mind as new information emerges is the way. It is not about being right.  It is about doing what is right for all of you who are counting on us.

As you learned last week, the College is now partnering with Main Line Health. This partnership, and access to their healthcare guidance and medical expertise, has been made possible, in part, by a six-figure donation from an anonymous donor.  That donation was secured to ensure that the College has the resources necessary to carry out the plans of Rosemont 2020.  I share that fact to reassure you that I am committed to providing the College community with what it needs at this unprecedented time.  I intend to continue to seek donations from our trustee, alumni, and donor community in order to carry out the necessary steps of our plan.

College Will Enter Yellow Phase 2 on August 10

The College, which has been operating in its Yellow Phase 1 since July 20, will enter its Yellow Phase 2 on August 10.  Offices will more fully open with staggered staffing of up to 90% of capacity.  Supervisors will provide specific instruction regarding staffing shortly.

College Will Begin Green Phase on August 17

In order to prepare for the Fall semester’s start, the College will enter the Green Phase on August 17.  All offices will be fully operational and fully staffed, except for those employees with approved exceptions.

Academic Modifications for Green Phase

Rosemont College will begin the Fall semester in our Green Phase. Through the direction of Main Line Health, the Green Phase of Rosemont 2020 will now include the following modifications:

  • All classes of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be delivered online for the Fall Semester.
  • First Year and Transfer Students of the Undergraduate College living on campus will move into campus as scheduled on August 19. Orientation, modified for social distancing, will take place from August 19 to 23, with the traditional Cap & Gown Ceremony taking place outdoors on August 23.
  • All classes of the Undergraduate College will begin on August 24.  First Year Connection Seminar Classes and Writing Seminars for First Year Students scheduled during Term I will meet in-person on-campus for the 50-minute synchronous time, other classes will take place fully online until September 11. Starting September 14, all courses continue according to the hybrid schedule of Two Terms, One Focus.
  • Upper-class students of the Undergraduate College will participate in classes remotely from August 24 to September 11. Residential upper-class students will move onto campus on September 12 and 13, and will begin in-person classes on campus on September 14, following the hybrid schedule of Two Terms, One Focus.  Time slots for move-in to campus will be scheduled through the Office of Residence Life.  A refund or credit of $1,444, 22% of the Room and Board fees for the Fall semester, will be issued to all upper-class residential students to compensate for their additional three weeks off-campus.

COVID- 19 Baseline Prevalence Testing for Campus

  • Main Line Health has recommended that the College community undergo baseline COVID-19 testing prior to the start of the Fall semester. This recommendation exceeds the CDC recommendation for institutions of higher education.  We are confident that the baseline testing, combined with the daily symptom checks that will be required by all students and employees through our Raven Safe smartphone app and adherence to social distancing, hand hygiene, and mask use by all on campus, will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

 COVID-19 Testing & Self-Quarantine Requirements – Undergraduate College Students

  • All residential students of the Undergraduate College must present a negative COVID-19 test result upon move-in to campus. Commuting students must present a negative COVID-19 test result the first day they arrive on campus. The date of the test must be a maximum of 7 days prior to their date of move-in or arrival.  The test must be a PCR test; it may not be an antigen or antibody test.  If you have had a previous diagnosis of COVID-19, please contact the Wellness Center for further instruction. Students are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test. For information on how to obtain a COVID-19 test in your area, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
  • All residential students of the Undergraduate College must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to moving on to campus. Commuting students must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their first day on campus. For instructions on self-quarantining, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Staff, and Aramark and Parkhurst Partners

  • Main Line Health will provide on campus COVID-19 testing on campus for all staff, faculty, and Aramark and Parkurst partners. The date of the testing will be announced shortly. Employees and partners are welcome to obtain a COVID-19 test on their own, so long as the date of the test is a maximum of 7 days prior to August 19.  If obtained privately, the test must be a PCR test; it may not be an antigen or antibody test.  If you have had a previous diagnosis of COVID-19, please contact the Wellness Center for further instruction.

 COVID-19 Testing Protocols & Contact Tracing

  • Main Line Health will provide COVID-19 testing on campus for anyone who develop symptoms. The College will cover the cost of the on-campus testing, if it is not covered by a student or employee’s insurance.
  • Main Line Health will also assist the College with contact tracing, if there is a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 on campus.
  • We will continue to follow the direction of Main Line Health as protocols for testing may change over the course of the Fall Semester.

Our Promise to You.  Your Promise to Us.

As you’ve read in prior messages, it is our intention to keep the College’s campus as safe as possible.  Mask use and social distancing are required, and hand hygiene is of paramount importance.  We know that these protocols do mitigate the spread of the virus, as this study recently published by PLOS Medicine indicates.

We will have signs everywhere on campus to reinforce these critical actions. Each classroom and shared space on campus will be clearly labeled with a maximum occupancy based on social distancing guidelines, and those capacities will be enforced.  In addition, we’ve developed a classroom protocol that will guide our interactions inside the classroom. 

All of these protocols and guidelines are guided by the College’s mission statement, fundamentally rooted in respect for each member of the College community, and grounded in the truth that safeguarding our campus is a shared responsibility.  To that end, we’ve developed a statement that summarizes this guiding principle: Our Promise to You.  Your Promise to Us. 

Measures in Place to Enhance the Campus Experience

In addition to the protocols mentioned above, we are implementing the following through the guidance of Main Line Health, as well as the direction of the CDC’s advice for Higher Educational Institutions:

  • Raven Safe, our smartphone app, will debut in mid-August. The app will be used by all students, faculty, and staff to conduct daily self-check health screenings.  App clearance will be required for all faculty and staff to enter campus, and for all students to enter the Dining Hall and/or classrooms.
  • Our Campus Guest Policy has been modified for the Fall semester. Students are permitted to designate one family member who may visit during the Fall semester.  All visits by the designated family member must be scheduled in advance through the Office of Residence Life.  Family members should be designated no later than August 31 via www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020. Students will be encouraged to minimize their interactions with others off-campus. Guests of faculty and staff are limited to vendors and those necessary to College operations, and must also be scheduled in advance though the Office of Public Safety.  All entry to campus during the Fall semester will be through the Wendover Road entrance which will be staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All guests will undergo Wellness Checks upon arrival.
  • The Offices of Student Engagement and Leadership and Student Life are working to create on-campus experiences that will provide opportunities for our students to connect with each other in a meaningful, yet safe, way. In addition, the Office of Campus Ministry has plans to offer Mass and other spiritual and service experiences on campus this Fall.
  • The Offices of Wellness and Counseling are delivering their services in-person and virtually to provide options for students.
  • We have modified the way that our Dining Hall and Ravens’ Nest will operate. Capacity will be reduced, and all food will be served by Parkhurst staff members.  A permanent open-air tent will be on Connelly Green for the Fall semester to encourage outdoor dining.
  • Our enhanced cleaning and sanitization will continue. Additional staff members have been hired so that cleaning and sanitization occur more frequently.  Common use restrooms will be cleaned twice daily, and high-touch areas (doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.  Offices will be cleaned daily.  Our classroom protocol includes the cleaning of classrooms between each class’ use.
  • We have upgraded the filtration of the HVAC systems across campus. The new filtration in place is MERV level 13 and 14, defined as having an arrestance rate of greater than 98%.

Town Hall Meetings to Be Held & Communication Will Continue

To review the details of Rosemont 2020, and to give you the opportunity to ask questions about it, we will hold three Virtual Town Hall Meetings in collaboration with Main Line Health on Tuesday, August 11 at 2 pm for faculty and staff, Wednesday, August 12 at 6 pm for students and families, and on Thursday, August 13 at 11 am for any member of the community.  Registration information will be forthcoming.

In addition, I plan to continue to update the College community via email.  Undergraduate College students are encouraged to complete the online form at www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 to provide the names and contact information for two family members to also be included in these future communications.  The same form may be used to designate the one family member who may visit campus this Fall semester, as well as to name an emergency contact person.

As I reach the end of this very long message to you, I want to again emphasize the sentiment of its start.  What I’ve outlined above as the final detail of Rosemont 2020 is our very best effort.  It has been guided and directed through the medical expertise of Main Line Health, and it has been formulated by the knowledge, experience, and dedicated efforts of the members of our Taskforce for Reopening. We are confident that Rosemont 2020 is the best plan for Rosemont College.  But, all of that said, it may need to be modified as time – and the coronavirus – progresses into the Fall.

Please know that whatever may come and however it may change, the Taskforce and I are committed to ensuring that Rosemont 2020 safeguards the health and wellbeing of each member of the College community so that we may continue to carry out the College’s mission.

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,


I am writing with exciting news.  We’ve just signed an agreement with Main Line Health that will provide the Rosemont community with healthcare guidance and medical expertise as we finalize the details of Rosemont 2020, our plan to reopen the College.

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout Main Line Health’s network.
 
Three of Main Line Health’s acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Riddle Hospital—have consistently been recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospital” rankings as among the top 15 in the Philadelphia region.

In addition to the regional ranking, Lankenau Medical Center was listed in 2019 as among the 10 best hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania.  In addition, the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) has awarded Main Line Health System Magnet® designation, the nation's highest award for recognizing excellence in nursing care, which has been awarded to only seven percent of hospitals and 22 health systems in the nation.

Partnership with Main Line Health

Our partnership with Main Line Health will include the following:

  • Community Education.
  • Review of Rosemont 2020, including policies and procedures for cleaning, food service delivery, social distancing in classrooms and shared spaces, and self-isolation/quarantine capabilities.
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, & staff.
  • On-campus assistance in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Contact tracing assistance. 

I am confident that the medical guidance provided through our partnership with Main Line Health will ensure that Rosemont will implement the most up-to-date procedures and protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as campus reopens this Fall.

More detail on the services that Main Line Health will be providing will be outlined in an email to the College community on Monday, August 3rd.

With guidance from Main Line Health, the Taskforce for Reopening will continue their work on Rosemont2020, the plan to reopen the College.  The Taskforce is still operating under the assumption that the Undergraduate College will begin in-person instruction on August 24th.  

As was outlined initially in Rosemont 2020, the College will also be issuing a final determination on Monday, August 3rd about which phase – Yellow or Green – will be in place at the start of the Fall semester.

Campus Enhancements Underway

As Rosemont faculty and staff learned last week, we plan to leverage the fact that many employees continue to work remotely to make changes and improvements on campus.  Each project will help to make Rosemont College an even better place to learn, live, and work.

Our paving project, which began on Monday, July 13th and is expected to conclude this Friday, is one that we’ve been anticipating for quite some time, as it will enhance our ‘curb appeal’ and make our campus more inviting to our students and our guests.   The project has been made possible by the generous donations of several alumni and friends of the College, and we are grateful to each one.

This week in Alumnae Hall, the new Wellness Center is being constructed in the area that has been the Commuter Lounge and offices in the lower east (front) side of the building. When construction is complete in early August, the Center will be relocated from the lower level of the Chapel.

The Commuter Lounge will be relocated to the other end of the lower level of Alumnae Hall, the area which used to include the game room. At the same time, the former bookstore space, also in the lower level of Alumnae Hall, will be converted for the use of the Athletic Department, to provide dedicated spaces for the coaching staff to work while they are on campus, as well as a small meeting space.

At the Science Building, August will be greeted with the arrival of a crane, which will be on site to lift new air conditioning equipment onto the roof. A major overhaul of that mechanical system will be taking place during the first week of August, replacing non-functional and obsolete equipment and providing what we expect to be many additional years of climate control in that facility. Also in the Science Building, an expansion of the Student Academic Success Center is anticipated. This expansion will allow that staff the space to perform their work while maintaining adequate social distancing.

Finally, the College will be adding both classroom furnishings and residence hall furnishings in various buildings. And, while the furniture is temporarily out of Kaul Hall, its entire interior will be receiving a new coat of paint.

I am pleased to be able to make these campus improvements, and hope that they represent the “first wave” of many future improvements to come.

Rosemont 2020 Updates to the Community Will Continue.

It is my plan to continue to update you as the work of the Taskforce for Reopening progresses and the College’s plans with Main Line Health develop.  Much will be determined over the next two weeks, and I am grateful for the efforts and energy of the members of the College’s Taskforce and those on campus supporting their work. 

You have my promise that our efforts will continue to be focused on safeguarding the health and safety of each member of the College community while continuing to carry out the College’s mission.

Sincerely yours,
Jayson Boyers, EdD
President

Graphic that depicts four people wearing face masks that say "Rosemont College".

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I hope that you are well and safe, and that you enjoyed some downtime over Independence Day Weekend.

I am writing the first of what will be regular email messages to you to communicate the details of Rosemont 2020, our plan to reopen the College for the Fall semester and ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Rosemont community.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing detailed information on the following topics:

  • Maximum Capacity for Classrooms and All Shared Campus Spaces.
  • The Dining Experience on Campus & How it Will be Modified.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing of Campus – Schedules, Products, and Staffing.
  • COVID-19 Education, Resources, and Testing – How We Are Partnering with Medical Experts
  • “Our Promise to You. Your Promise to Us.” – Why Keeping our Community Safe is a Shared Responsibility.

The information above will also be available online, and I encourage you be in touch with any questions you may have.

Until then, I do want to address a topic that I know has been on all of our minds – the College’s requirements for mask use on campus. As you likely recall, when we announced Rosemont 2020 in early June, we determined that mask use would be required during the Red and Yellow Phases of Rosemont 2020, and would be strongly encouraged during the College’s Green Phase.

Since that time, national medical experts have determined that mask use does significantly mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. In response to that evidence, and in keeping with the current mandate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, mask use will be required on Rosemont College’s campus until further notice.

Masks, or other appropriate face coverings, must be worn indoors and outdoors on campus, except when students are in their own residence hall rooms or employees are in their own offices without others around them. Masks may be removed during meals.

All students will be provided with three fabric Rosemont College masks. Employees will be provided with two fabric masks. Disposable masks will also be available at various locations on campus. Employees who are currently working on campus during the College’s Yellow Phase may request a second mask during their Wellness/Temperature Check when they next enter campus.

I am grateful to the members of the College’s Taskforce on Reopening for their assistance in modifying Rosemont’s policy to reflect the most current information regarding mask use. In doing so, I am confident that our plan will make our campus community a safe one.

As I know we all acknowledge, the coronavirus pandemic is not one that anyone at Rosemont College, nor anyone in the world, can control. But, we can arm ourselves with the information and the resources that enable us to confidently reopen our campus.

Our decision to modify our policy on mask use is a perfect illustration of what I anticipate the next weeks will bring – we will need to nimbly respond to information as it changes and make decisions that are in the best interest of the College and all who live and work on our campus.

I am dedicated to doing so. And, I remain very confident that Rosemont College will safeguard the health and well-being of each member of the Rosemont College community as we carry out the College’s mission on campus this Fall.

Sincerely yours,

Jayson Boyers, EdD

President

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I write this email, my first to you as President, to share with you the College’s plan for reopening – something that I recognize has been very much on your minds.

Several weeks ago, I convened a Taskforce to develop the College’s plan with me. I’m very grateful for the contributions of each member of the Taskforce, and I am proud that our work together has been focused on one goal: delivering a high-quality Rosemont College experience to each student, no matter what the coronavirus may bring our way.

Our College community has long been known for the creative and innovative ways in which we have embraced Cornelia Connelly’s mandate to “meet the wants of the age,” and our plan for reopening Rosemont College is another expression of our community’s commitment to be bold and to face the future with confidence.

We have a plan in place to resume in-person instruction and operations at Rosemont College at the start of the Fall semester.

Rosemont 2020: The Plan for Reopening the College

Our plan for reopening, titled Rosemont 2020, is tied to the Red, Yellow, and Green plan that Governor Wolf has implemented for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been carefully designed to safeguard the health and safety of every member of the College community.

Rosemont 2020 also has three phases: Red, Yellow, and Green. Our phases will progress forward from Red to Yellow, and later from Yellow to Green in accord with what Governor Wolf determines for Montgomery County.

However, the College will have the ability to determine if it needs to remain in any phase for an extended period of time or if it needs to revert to a prior phase, based on the needs of the College community.

A detailed overview of Rosemont 2020 may be viewed at www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020.

Since mid-March, Rosemont has been operating in its Red Phase. We expect to move to the Yellow Phase on June 5, along with Montgomery County.

Red Phase

During the Red Phase, Rosemont’s campus is closed. All instruction takes place online, and all offices operate remotely. Only essential workers are permitted on campus. Masks must be worn at all times, and anyone on campus must adhere to social distancing practices.

Yellow Phase

During the Yellow Phase, Rosemont’s campus partially reopens. All instruction remains online. Residence Halls remain closed. Staff and faculty can return to campus, but no more than 60% of employees may be on campus at one time. Remote work is possible with a supervisor’s approval and encouraged for vulnerable employees.

Sanitation and cleaning will be enhanced. The maximum capacity of all spaces on campus will be posted and must be followed by everyone on campus. Temperature and wellness checks will be conducted on anyone entering campus. Masks must be worn at all times, and anyone on campus must adhere to social distancing practices.

Green Phase

During the Green Phase, Rosemont’s campus reopens. In-person instruction resumes. Residence Halls reopen, but no overnight guests are permitted. Vulnerable students should discuss their return to campus with the Dean. Staff and faculty can return to campus, but no more than 90% of employees may be on campus at one time.

Remote work is possible with a supervisor’s approval and encouraged for vulnerable employees. Sanitation and cleaning will be enhanced. The maximum capacity of all spaces on campus will be posted and must be followed by everyone on campus. Mask use is encouraged at all times, and anyone on campus must adhere to social distancing practices.

Testing Protocols, Self-Isolation Capabilities, and Enhanced Cleaning

Included in Rosemont 2020 are provisions for the College to effectively test members of the College community for COVID-19. In addition, the College has procedures in place to safely and comfortably self-isolate any student who exhibits symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 before they can return home, as well as to enhance the cleaning and sanitizing of campus.

Undergraduate College: Two Terms, One Focus

The strength of Rosemont’s Undergraduate College has always been our superb faculty-student relationships and the emphasis placed on each student’s individual experience. In order to maintain both, regardless of which phase the College is in and to provide the flexibility of both in-person or online course delivery, the Fall 2020 semester will be divided into two 7-week terms.

Instruction will begin, either in-person or online, as scheduled on August 24 and in-person instruction will end on November 24, just before the Thanksgiving Break. Students will complete their final week of courses and exams online.

Two Terms, One Focus has many benefits for our Undergraduate College students:

  • While it is our firm intention to begin the Fall semester with in-person classes on campus, we all recognize that the possibility exists that a resurgence of the virus and/or mandates of Governor Wolf may necessitate a return to online course delivery. Dividing the semester into Two Terms will allow for a much easier transition and educational experience for our students should the need arise to change any plans and mode of course delivery.
  • All courses during the fall 2020 semester will be “hybrid” and will contain an online component, including when they are taught in-person. The ability of our faculty to combine in-classroom lectures with our state-of-the-art online platform, Canvas, will allow us to maximize the educational experience of all our students.
    • The addition of an online element in every course will aid in maintaining social distancing requirements when we are back on campus since it will allow us to cut down on face-to-face time in the classroom. The reduction in actual class time use will also allow for increased opportunity for cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Including an online component for every course will also allow us to serve any Rosemont students who are unable to come to campus, either because of compromising heath conditions, or caring for a family member, since they will be able to participate in classes via one of our “smart” classrooms.
  • By ending in-person instruction the week of Thanksgiving Break and completing instruction and exams online, we are reducing the risk that the coronavirus will be brought back to campus by students who may be exposed while traveling.
  • Perhaps most important of all, dividing the semester into two Terms means that students will be taking fewer courses at a time, and therefore be able to concentrate and focus on the material they are studying. In addition, since faculty will also be teaching fewer courses at a time, they will be able to continue to give the personal attention that Rosemont is known for to our students, regardless of whether we are on campus or online.

Registration for all Fall courses will remain as previously submitted for all returning students. Those who have not yet registered will do so during Open Registration period, starting August 3 through August 21. First year students will be registered in July after CARES Days are completed. All students will be given their schedules for the entire semester (Fall Terms I and II) before the start of Term I.

All student schedules will remain intact, with courses evenly spread over the course of the semester.

Earlier today, all Undergraduate College students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years received an email from Provost Dolling informing them of the Two Terms, One Focus plan for the Fall semester. Students will also receive in the mail their individualized schedules detailing which of their Fall semester courses they will be taking in Term I and Term II. Students who have any questions about their schedules should contact their Advisors, along with the Student Academic Success Center: SASC@rosemont.edu.

I anticipate that we’ll make an announcement about whether the College will begin the Fall semester in the Yellow or Green Phase by August 1. That announcement will be made by email to all College constituents.

I am confident that Two Terms, One Focus will ensure a high-quality experience for our Undergraduate College students and our faculty, and equally sure that Rosemont 2020 will safeguard the health and well-being of the entire College community.

Debuting Rosemont 2020 on my second day as your new President is not something I ever imagined doing especially today with the events of this past week weighing so heavily on the hearts and minds of so many. Yet, I am heartened that the POWER of small has allowed us to take on the challenge of reopening Rosemont College in a way that preserves what is most important – each of you and our mission. You have my promise that will remain in the days to come.

Sincerely,

Jayson Boyers, EdD

President 

May 26th, 2020

Letter to Students Regarding Moving Belongings from Campus

For Residential Students (On-Campus Housing):

Thank you for patience, grace, and forbearance during what has been and continues to be a unique and challenging time for all of us. Many of you have reached out to me and others at the College regarding a time at which you can return to campus to collect your belongings.

I appreciate the respect you have shown though the continuing uncertainty. I am pleased to announce that the College has received the necessary permission from the Commonwealth to proceed with students returning to campus to retrieve their belongings.

As Montgomery County, where Rosemont is located, remains under the strictest of restrictions, the plan the College has approved puts a very high emphasis on social distancing. Please review the following directions and restrictions carefully:

  • Please  visit the link for your  building:
  • Please select your time
    • You will be limited to one, 90-minute block to retrieve your belongings
    • Each student must have their own block
    • Note that the first set of blocks are scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020
  • You may bring one (1) helper with you to assist you in moving out
    • Your helper must remain with you throughout your move-out process
  • You and your helper must bring and wear both gloves and a face mask
    • Gloves and masks will not be provided
    • Anyone arriving on campus without gloves and/or a mask will be denied entry to campus
    • All students and helpers are subject to temperature checks and questions regarding symptoms. Failure to allow temperature checks or answers questions will result in being denied entry to campus
  • You will have only the 90-minutes of your time block to move out and are allowed only one entrance and one exit from campus
    • Arriving late is, unfortunately, not an excuse to stay longer than your time block
    • Once you leave campus for any reason you will not be permitted back on to campus on the same day

 I have received several emails from students concerned about perishable food left in their rooms. Please know that members of the Residence Life staff went through student rooms and removed all perishable food and food in containers which could attract pests.

I recognize that there is a significant amount of information in this message. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at benjamin.huelskamp@rosemont.edu

 Wishing you all the best,

Dean Huelskamp

Benjamin Z. Huelskamp, MEd

Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life


Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

As I write this email to all of you – the tenth such update since the start of the coronavirus pandemic – I am struck by how time seems to be moving both quickly and slowly at the same time. Quickly, in that we are nearly at the end of the Spring semester, and slowly, in that the days and weeks pass without the definition that we usually enjoy through many campus activities this time of year.

I am grateful that so many members of the College community took part in the virtual Founders’ Week Award ceremony last Thursday. It was terrific to celebrate so many accomplished students, faculty, and staff members. You can view a full list of award recipients on the College's website. Special thanks to Dean Troy Chiddick and the entire Office of Student Life for hosting a great virtual event!

In addition, over 150 alumni of the College took part in Founders’ Week events via Zoom last week – a Spiritual Reflection, as well as Happy Hours organized by decade of graduation. I know that the Offices of College Relations and Alumni Relations are working on many more virtual events to help keep our alumni connected to the College.

In my message last week, I expressed my appreciation for the patience that has been shown by our Undergraduate College residential students and their families as the College community determined the details of offering adjustments for Room and Board charges.

I am writing today to share the news that these adjustments will be made based on the date that a student officially notified the Office of Student Life that she/he was vacating campus. For the majority of students, the date was March 13th, however dates did vary based on individual circumstances.

All returning residential students will be issued a credit for the amount of unused Room & Board. All students who are earning degrees and leaving campus at the end of the Spring semester will be issued a check for the balance of their unused Room and Board charges after any outstanding amounts still due the College are deducted. Checks will be mailed to students’ home addresses by May 31th, 2020. Credits will be applied to students’ accounts by May 31th, 2020.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, and some areas of the nation begin to ease Stay-at-Home orders, I am sure many of you are wondering when that will happen in Southeastern Pennsylvania and in Montgomery County, specifically. As you may know, late last week, Governor Wolf outlined guidelines for the reopening of Pennsylvania. From all that I have learned, our area of the Commonwealth is likely to be among one of the areas last to ease restrictions.

We are very much aware that many of our residential students are eager to collect the belongings that were left behind in our residence halls. As I mentioned last week, we have developed a protocol for retrieval of property that will safeguard the health of the entire community, and we will communicate it to you, as soon as the Governor indicates that it is possible for those campus visits to begin.

For now, I remind you that our physical campus is closed, per the Governor’s mandate. Also, please know that we are aware that some students left rented course materials in the residence halls when returning home. We are actively working with the Bookstore to extend the May 9th rental return date to accommodate those students.

I know that, too, you are wondering about Rosemont’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. While our preference is to complete two full ‘typical’ semesters on-campus next academic year, we are aware that the pandemic, or government mandates, may dictate otherwise.

Our administrators and faculty are working closely with our Provost, Dr. Lisa Dolling, and our President Elect, Dr. Jayson Boyers to explore all options and possibilities for the College’s operations. While no decision has been made at this time, I want to assure you that our decisions will be made carefully, and that Rosemont College will be ready to meet the needs of our students, our faculty, and our community.

As you know, on May 16th, just a mere 19 days from today, we’ll be holding a Virtual Tribute to Our 2020 Degree Recipients. We’ve made the decision to hold two separate tributes – one for the Undergraduate College at 2:00 p.m. and one for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at 3:30 p.m. Both will be live and hosted on Zoom, and will be recorded and posted to our website for one week beginning on Sunday, May 17th. I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to both!

Sincerely,

President Hirsh

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

As I write this email to you, I am reminded that we’ve all been living in this ‘new normal’ for over a month. While some aspects of our lives have settled into a routine, I am sure what is true for me is also true for you --- I miss the life I was living before the pandemic. And, as the semester enters its final weeks, I find myself finding it hard to process that time is marching on. Yet, it is, indeed.

This week marks our Founders’ Week celebration. We kicked it off on Sunday with a Reflection for the alumni community via Zoom. We’ll be holding our Award Ceremony by Zoom at noon on Thursday the 23rd.

I hope that you’ll join me for it. It will be fun to see so many members of our College community celebrated for their many accomplishments. This week we are also holding early evening Happy Hours for our alumni via Zoom. They will be gathering by decade and we hope they will enjoy the interactions with each other.

We also plan to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on social media on Wednesday the 22nd, and we will honor the Junior Class with the traditional greetings, Class Blessing, and virtual roses as they prepare for Senior Year at Rosemont.

Beginning today, we are also mounting an effort to collect the contact information, particularly email addresses, for the family members of our Undergraduate College students. We’ve learned through this pandemic that the relatives of our students are as eager for information as we all are. Undergraduate students, look for an email later today with instructions about how to submit the contact information of your relatives securely online.

I recognize that many Undergraduate College students and their families are eager to know when the personal belongings that have remained in our residence halls may be picked up. Please know that we’ve developed a procedure for pick-up that will ensure everyone’s health and safety, however we are awaiting direction from Governor Wolf as to a date when visits to campus may begin to take place. As of now, Rosemont College is still under a mandate from the Governor that campus remain closed; no one, even neighbors, are allowed on campus.

Also, I am very aware that our Undergraduate College residential students and families are also patiently waiting for the College’s decision regarding an adjustment to help cover the disruption to Room and Board services. Please know that I appreciate how important a refund or credit of these charges is, given the financial implications of this pandemic.

Like many other colleges and & universities, we are gathering all the information we need in order to make the decision and want everyone to please know that we will make that decision by carefully considering the best interests of our students and the entire College community, and that as soon as we are able to make a decision, we will immediately share that with you.

I am pleased to share that we are currently making plans to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 Degree Recipients virtually via Zoom. Two online recognition events will take place on Saturday, May 16th – one for the Undergraduate College and one for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The Academic Honors Day Awards of our degree recipients will also be announced during the online events.

Look for more information in the coming weeks, and please invite your friends and relatives to join us then, too. While these online events are not meant to take the place of the Commencement ceremony on May 15th, 2021 to which all 2020 graduates will be invited, they will, we hope, help to recognize this important milestone in your lives.

I hope to ‘see you’ then, and at the Founders’ Week Award ceremony this Thursday.

Sincerely yours,

President Hirsh


Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

I hope that this email finds each of you well, as you are each coping with the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to all aspects of our lives.  On behalf of every member of the College’s Board of Trustees, I thank you for all that you are doing to continue to carry out the College’s mission.

I am writing to update you on some action the Board has taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and during this historic time of a Presidential transition. On Friday, March 27, 2020 the Board of Trustees met and unanimously voted to approve June 1st as the start date of the presidency of Dr. Jayson Boyers, instead of July 1st, as I announced on behalf of the Board announced earlier this year.

The Board’s decision to accept Dr. Boyers’ offer to assume office a month ahead of schedule was made to ensure the continuity of operations at Rosemont, as we anticipate that the College’s plans will continue to evolve in the coming months as a result of the pandemic and our community’s response to it. 

The members of the Board of Trustees and I are very grateful to Dr. Boyers for his willingness to join the College community earlier than planned.  Dr. Boyers has already been serving the College’s best interests through his engagement and dialogue with me, the Board, and the College’s administration. 

I would like to thank President Sharon Hirsh for her leadership and continued service to the College, particularly through these unprecedented and  challenging times as she leads the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I would also like to thank Dr. Lisa Dolling, our Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, who, as you know from our previous announcements, agreed to serve as the Interim President for the month of June.  In her eagerness to do what is best for the College, she graciously agreed to forgo that appointment so that Dr. Boyers could assume the Presidency on June 1st. 

I am confident that this decision will help to ensure that the College will continue to successfully manage the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and that our community will emerge strong and vibrant.

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, it is my hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

Maria Feeley, Esq. '93

Chair, Board of Trustees


Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

I am writing to share the news that this past Friday, March 27th, the Board of Trustees voted to approve June 1st as the start date of the presidency of Dr. Jayson Boyers, instead of July 1st as scheduled. 

Given the developments of the last few weeks and the changes at the College as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Board accepted Dr. Boyers’ offer to assume office a month ahead of schedule to help to ensure the continuity of operations at Rosemont. 

Dr. Boyers has been involved in many of the major decisions that has have been made or recommended by the College’s 17-person Emergency Management Team. He and I are in touch frequently, and he’s looking forward to formally joining the community on June 1st.

I am grateful to Dr. Lisa Dolling, our Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Services, who, as you know from our previous announcements, was to serve as the Interim President for the month of June. Dr. Dolling has been instrumental in the many operational changes that have been implemented in the past few weeks, and I am confident that she will be a guiding presence for Dr. Boyers as he assumes office.

Please know that I am grateful for the resiliency and flexibility each member of the College community has demonstrated in these challenging times, and that Dr. Boyers shares my appreciation for it.  It is our hope that you and your families are all continuing to stay safe and well. 

Sincerely,

President Hirsh


Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

As you well know, last Wednesday marked the start of all classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies being taught solely online.  I remain impressed with how well our students and our faculty have embraced this change as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

However, in recent days, many students and faculty members have inquired of me, and of our Provost and Academic Deans about the possibility of the College implementing a temporary Pass/Fail grading policy in an effort to accommodate those students who are struggling with the transition to online coursework and who recognize that they are not performing to the best of their abilities.

I am pleased to share that in recognition of this reality, and the fact that the worldwide pandemic has meant that many things are not as they once were, the College has joined many institutions of higher education in implementing a temporary Pass/Fail policy for grades for the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies for the spring semester that is effective immediately. 

It is important to note that the policy does not diminish the expectations for rigor and academic standards; students opting for a Pass/Fail grade are still required to put forth their best work.

Faculty members, a copy of the temporary policy, as well as instructions on its implementation will be forthcoming from Provost Dolling.

Students, you will also receive information about the process to request a Pass/Fail grade for a course in an email from Provost Dolling.

If you have questions, please contact Paulette Hutchinson, Dean of the Undergraduate College, or Karen Geiger, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

On behalf of the College community, I am grateful to Provost Dolling, Dean Hutchinson, Interim Dean Geiger, Associate Dean Anne Coleman, and our Registrar, Keely Cutts, for their work in putting together a policy that will best meet the needs of all Rosemont College students during these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

President Hirsh


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I hope that this email finds you well, and that you are continuing to manage the many disruptions that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to our families, our College community, and our world.

It remains the case that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Rosemont College.

As I shared in my email last Thursday, I am very thankful for the way that the Rosemont College community has come together to manage the pandemic’s impact on the College. I am confident that our shared goal of safeguarding our community while continuing to carry out the College’s mission will continue in the days and weeks ahead.

As you know, the Emergency Management Team, a group of 17 administrators charged with managing and making decisions about all aspects of the College’s operations during the pandemic, has met daily by Zoom, and will continue to do so. 

The Emergency Management Team has determined that in accord with the mandated “Stay-at-Home” order issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Wolf on Monday, March 23 and scheduled to expire on Monday, April 6th, Rosemont College operations will be modified as follows:

  • All courses of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be delivered solely online for the remainder of the semester.  The courses for the Summer I session will also be delivered online. We recognize that many Undergraduate Students have belongings still in our residence halls.  The date when students may collect their belongings is still being determined and will be communicated at a later date. 
  • The College’s 97th Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 16th, 2020 will be cancelled.  Diplomas of all eligible 2020 graduates (without academic or financial holds) will be mailed to homes by June 1st, 2020. All 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in the College’s Commencement Exercises on May 15th, 2021.  
  • Qualified 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to be considered to serve as Student Commencement Speakers for the 2021 Exercises, and all 2020 graduates will be invited to process in academic attire in the Ceremony and receive the congratulations of the President, as well as be acknowledged for all academic awards earned by their 2020 graduation.   We also plan to celebrate the 2020 graduates in a special way on May 16th, 2020 through the College’s website and social media accounts.
  • The College’s 2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend scheduled for June 5th to 7th, 2020 will also be cancelled. Alumni of classes ending in 0s and 5s will hold their Alumni Reunion Weekend on June 4th to 6th, 2021, along with the classes of the 1s and 6s.  More information will be forthcoming from the Office of Alumni Relations.
     
  • All College offices will remain closed until further notice.
     
    • Salaried employees are expected to continue to work from home, as they have been since the initial mandated closure by the Commonwealth on March 13th.
    • Effective, Monday, March 30th, hourly employees will be expected to work from home to the extent possible given the nature of their positions.  Supervisors have been charged with assigning appropriate work; some employees may be reassigned to projects in departments outside of their own.
    • All hourly employees will be responsible for maintaining detailed timesheets.  More information will be forthcoming from the Office of Human Resources, and a status update for hourly employees will be issued on a weekly basis.

 As of today, all resident students have moved out of our residence halls, except for two who have received permission to remain. We will continue to provide for the safety and comfort of those two students, as well as the professional Residence Life Staff members who reside on campus.  

As you know, last Wednesday marked the start of all classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies being taught solely online.  I continue to encourage you to be sure to review the FAQ about online courses that is posted on our website, and please ask for help from your colleagues and other students. If your question persists, please contact Jeremy Vaughn, our Instructional Technologist.

College events, including athletics, were cancelled effective March 13. On March 20, the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), with unanimous support from its Board of Directors and in an effort to prioritize the health and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches, officials and campus support staff, announced the suspension of all athletic activity, including contests and championships, for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

As you know, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no events and gatherings of 50 people or more take place through early May. The College is complying with that recommendation.  We are planning to hold our two upcoming Admissions events for the Undergraduate College, our Accepted Students Day on April 18 and our Open House on April 25, in a virtual format.  

In addition, we are enhancing the sections of our website for the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, so that interested students can learn about the College without visiting campus. Plans are also underway to distribute the awards for the Academic Honors Day and Founders’ Week award ceremonies; details will be communicated shortly.

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, I will be providing the College community with an update and answering your questions at an Open Campus Meeting via Zoom.  I hope you will join me!

Zoom: log on: https://zoom.us/j/5673365853 or by call 646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 567 336 5853)

On behalf of the entire Emergency Management Team, I thank you for your continued understanding and your flexibility as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our entire College community.  I recognize that our decisions, particularly the decision to cancel this year’s Commencement Ceremony, are disappointing to many of you (as it is to me – this was to be my last Commencement Ceremony and I was really looking forward to it). 

Please know that I share your heartbreak, and I thank you for trusting in the fact that these decisions will allow the Rosemont College community to contribute to the effort of helping to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus in the Philadelphia region and throughout the nation.

Sincerely,

President Hirsh 

P.S.  If you have not done so, please be sure that your personal cell phone number and email are registered with e2Campus, our emergency alert system.  Please also be sure to check your Rosemont College email and the College’s website frequently. 


Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I hope that this email finds you well, and that you are coping with the disruption that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused for all of us and for all aspects of our lives.

It remains the case that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Rosemont College. I a.m. grateful for that fact. However, given the nature of this pandemic, we all need to prepare for the possibility that someone in our community or someone in our families or households will become ill with the virus.

I am very thankful for the way that the Rosemont College community has come together to ensure the well-being and the health of everyone in our College community, and I am confident that spirit of kindness and generosity will continue in the days ahead.

Since March 12th when Governor Wolf announced the 14-day closure of all colleges and universities in Montgomery County, the College community has worked quickly to comply with the mandate. Of course, since that time, Governor Wolf extended the mandate to include all non-essential businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As of today, all resident students have moved out of our residence halls, except for seven who have received permission to remain. I am very grateful to our Residence Life Professional Staff members, Director of Wellness, Director of Counseling, and the members of our Public Safety and Facilities teams for the ways in which they have cared for and assisted our students.

I am especially grateful to our food service partner, Parkhurst, who has remained with us on campus to provide meals for those students during the move-out process, and who will continue to provide meals for those who will remain.

As you know, yesterday marked the start of all classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies being taught solely online. I recognize that transitioning to online classes is not simple. It is something that many of our faculty and students never anticipated having to do.

So, to those of you who find yourself frustrated or challenged, I urge you to not give up! Please be sure to review the FAQ about online courses that is posted on our website, and please ask for help from your colleagues and other students. If your question persists, please contact Jeremy Vaughn, our Instructional Technologist.

To the faculty who have bravely navigated moving their in-person classes online so quickly, I thank you. The work you are doing will ensure that our students’ education continues despite the disruption of the pandemic. Please know how much your efforts are appreciated.

To the students who are taking online courses for the first time and who are balancing their courses with family and other obligations, I thank you. You’ve shown tremendous resolve and determination. I am especially grateful to those Undergraduate College students in their last semester of their senior year.

I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must be to miss out on weeks of what is such a special time of your lives, yet you’ve done it with grace, knowing that your actions are helping to safeguard others, and that makes us all proud.

College offices closed on Friday, March 13th to comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate, and they have remained closed. Our salaried administrators and staff members have done a terrific job of working remotely to keep the College going. I am thankful that the College has such dedicated and flexible employees.

 

I am also grateful that the College community will be able to compensate our employees who earn an hourly wage over the course of the 14-day closure mandated by the Commonwealth. I anticipate that College offices will reopen on Monday, March 30th. If there is a change to that plan, I will communicate it to the College community.

Of course, all College events, including athletics, have been cancelled. As you know, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no events and gatherings of 50 people or more take place over the next eight weeks. The College is complying with that recommendation. A decision about the College’s Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for May 16, and our Alumni Reunion Weekend, scheduled for June 6 and 7, will be made shortly.

The Emergency Management Team, a group of 16 administrators charged with managing and making decisions about all aspects of the College’s operations during the pandemic, has been meeting twice a day by Zoom, and will continue to do so. I am indebted to those on the Team, not only for the professionalism they have demonstrated during this challenging time, but for the care and concern they have shown for every member of the College community. Rosemont is blessed by their leadership, as am I.

As was announced prior to the Commonwealth’s mandated closure, the College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor and evaluate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Team will decide no later than Thursday, April 9th whether to resume in-person classes. If classes resume, it would be following the Easter break on Tuesday, April 14th. The Team will also determine if College offices will reopen as scheduled on Monday, March 30.

This Friday, March 20 at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm, I will be providing the College community with an update and answering your questions via Zoom.  I hope you will join me for the session by using the link or the phone number below at one of those times.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5673365853 or 1-646-558-8656 - Meeting ID: 567 336 5853

On behalf of the entire Emergency Management Team, thank you for your understanding and your flexibility as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our entire College and that allow the Rosemont College community to contribute to the effort of helping to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Sincerely,

President Hirsh

P.S. -  If you have not done so, please be sure that your personal cell phone number and email are registered with e2Campus, our emergency alert system.  Please also be sure to check your Rosemont College email and the College’s website frequently.


Update March 13th, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Dear Rosemont College Undergraduate Students,

Thank you all for complying with Governor Wolf’s mandate that our campus be closed today by 5:00 p.m.  We appreciate your understanding of this unusual situation.  Your willingness to abide by the mandate is helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Twenty-three students have received approval to remain on campus during the mandated campus closure and will be residing in our residence halls through March 27th.

I am writing to update you on some of the ways we will accommodate and ensure the safety and well-being of the students who will be remaining on campus:

  • Parkhurst will be utilizing the Ravens’ Nest for meals.  To help insure that common serving utensils are not in use, Parkhurst staff members will serve all food from serving dishes to individual plates.  The Ravens’ Nest will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 9 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 p.m..
  • A “pop-up” computer lab will be set up in one of the residence halls in the very near future, as we recognize that some students remaining on campus rely on our computer labs located in academic buildings.  The “pop-up” lab in the residence hall will allow students a comfortable location to complete their online coursework.  Details about the exact location and when students can expect the lab to open will be sent shortly.
  • An area of the 2nd floor of Kaul Hall, which is currently not occupied, is being prepared by Facilities as an isolation area.  It is important to note that this area is currently not in use, as no Rosemont student has been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Remember that the CDC recommends these preventive actions:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
    • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
    • Refrain from handshakes, hugs, and close social interactions.
    • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to Dean Huelskamp if we may help you in any way as you stay on campus.

Thank you,

Dean Chiddick

Dean of Students

 


Update 3/13/2020, 11:40 a.m.

Subject Line: Gov. Wolf’s Mandate Requires Students to Leave Rosemont’s Residence Halls & Campus

 Dear Students,

 As you may have heard, yesterday Governor Wolf ordered all schools, including colleges and universities, in Montgomery County to close for 14 days.  The closure is aimed at mitigating the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Wolf’s mandate requires that students leave Rosemont’s residence halls and our campus, effective Friday, March 13.   

 Per the Governor’s mandate, the closure is expected to end on Saturday, March 28.  We anticipate that students will have the option of returning to campus on that date at noon, unless otherwise directed.  Please remember that the College will make a determination by Thursday, April 9 if in-person classes and full campus operations will resume on Tuesday, April 14th, so returning to campus on Saturday, March 28th is not recommended.

I recognize that this mandate is very different than what the College communicated earlier in the day on Thursday, giving students the option of remaining on campus or returning home while courses are being delivered on online.

If you cannot comply with the Governor’s mandate and are unable to leave Rosemont’s campus for the closure period, you MUST complete this Request Form no later than 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, March 13.  Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, please contact Ben Huelskamp, Director of Residence Life, at 610-527-0200 x2435 or Benjamin.huelskamp@rosemont.edu.  

The ID cards of all Rosemont students, except those with permission to remain on campus, will be turned off effective Saturday, March 14th at 12 noon, and students will not have access to Rosemont’s residence halls until Saturday, March 28 at 12 noon.

Thank you,

Troy Chiddick

Dean of Students


Update on March 12th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I am once again writing to update you on the College’s plans regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), due to a recent mandate to all schools in Montgomery County.

It remains the case that there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Rosemont College.

However, the College learned this afternoon that Governor Wolf has issued a mandate that all schools, including all colleges and universities, located in Montgomery County must close for 14 days to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13th through Friday, March 27th.  The Commonwealth’s mandate also includes the closure of community centers, gyms, and entertainment venues in Montgomery County.  Mass transit in the county will also be limited.

In order to comply with this mandate, the College will make the following changes to its operations:

  • There will be no in-person classes of the Undergraduate College or the School of Graduate and Professional Studies on Friday, March 13th, Monday, March 16th, and Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.  All classes already taking place online will continue as scheduled online on Friday, March 13, Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. 
  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 18th, all classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be taught solely online.  
  • All College offices will be CLOSED from Friday, March 13th through Friday, March 27th.  Essential employees are expected to report to work.  Essential employees include those working in the following departments: Public Safety, Facilities, Residence Life Professional Staff, Food Service Employees (Parkhurst), Wellness Center, Counseling Center, and Mailroom. Salaried employees are encouraged to continue to work remotely.  Non-salaried employees should consult with their supervisors for instruction, but will generally not be expected to work remotely during the closure.
  • After the mandated closure period ends on Friday, March 27th, all offices will reopen on Monday, March 30th.
  • Students are strongly urged to leave campus on Friday, March 13th and to return home and remain there during the closure to complete their online coursework.  Students are reminded that they may elect to stay at the home of a classmate or friend, as well.
  • Students electing to return home must complete the Residential Leave Form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life by Friday, March 13th at 5 p.m..  Students should bring all course related materials, as well as laptops/computers home with them. Students electing to leave campus will not be permitted to return to campus until in-person courses resume. Students who elect to remain on campus will need to restrict their movements on and off campus and may not bring guests to campus.
  • As was announced prior to the Commonwealth’s mandated closure, the College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will decide no later than Thursday, April 9th whether to resume in-person classes. If classes resume, it would be following the Easter break on Tuesday, April 14th.
  • All residence halls, the Community Center, Fitness Center, Dining Hall, Ravens’ Nest Café, the Wellness Center, and the Counseling Center will remain open.  Telephone access to the Counseling Center will be available to students who elect to return home.
     

All College events and athletic activities are canceled as of Friday, March 13th.

  • All College events (lectures, conferences, non-credit classes, and events of the Offices of Alumni Relations, Admissions, SGA, Campus Ministry, and student clubs) are canceled as of Friday, March 13th through at least April 14th. 
  • Athletics (all practices and games) are cancelled at least through April 14th.
  • Mass will not be celebrated in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the following Sundays: March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5th, and April 12th.
  • The College strongly urges all community members to minimize social interactions in large groups, both on campus and off campus.  Gatherings of 250 people or more in Montgomery County have been banned by the Commonwealth’s mandate. No guests may visit campus.
  • The Open Campus Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th is canceled.

 College related travel is suspended.

  • Any College related travel is being suspended until further notice. 
  • Any student, faculty or staff member returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC country must self-isolate at home for 14 days. 
  • Any faculty or staff international travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.

I will continue to keep the Rosemont College community apprised of this developing situation.  If you have not done so, please be sure that your personal cell phone number and email are registered with e2Campus, our emergency alert system.  Please also be sure to check your Rosemont College email and the College’s website frequently.

If you have questions about the operations of the College detailed in this letter, I encourage you to contact one of the following offices on campus:

Office of Residence Life – 610-527-0200 x2435 or reslife@rosemont.edu
Undergraduate College Academic Dean – 610-527-0200 x2381
School of Graduate and Professional Studies - Interim Academic Dean- 610-527-0200 x2187
Wellness Center – 610-527-0200 x2420

It is the College’s hope that this period of online classes, limited gatherings, and social distancing will allow the Rosemont College community to contribute to the effort of helping to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus in the Greater Philadelphia region.

On behalf of the entire Emergency Management Team, thank you for your understanding and your flexibility as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our entire College community.

 Sincerely,

President Hirsh


Update on March 12th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I am once again writing to update you on the College’s plans regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Rosemont College.

However, in an effort to safeguard our community, the College will make the following changes to its operations:

  • There will be no in-person classes of the Undergraduate College or the School of Graduate and Professional Studies on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All classes already taking place online will continue as scheduled online on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All College offices will be open and employees are expected to report to work.
  • On Wednesday, March 18, all in-person delivery of classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be suspended, and classes will be taught solely online. Commuting students need not be on campus while classes are taught online.
  • Students have the option leaving campus and returning home, if they choose to do so, or remaining on campus to complete their online coursework. Students electing to return home must complete the Residential Leave Form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life before departing campus. Students should bring all course related materials, as well as laptops/computers home with them. Students electing to leave campus will not be permitted to return to campus until in-person courses resume. (See FAQ for additional details.)
  • The College will remain open and employees are expected to report to work.
  • The College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will decide no later than Thursday, April 9 whether to resume in-person classes. If classes resume, it would be following the Easter break on Tuesday, April 14.

Between Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, April 14, Rosemont College will remain open and operational.  All College offices and departments will be open.

  • All employees should report to work, as College operations will continue. Please contact the Office of Human Resources directly, should there be a need to develop plans for alternative work schedules or accommodations.
  • All residence halls, the Community Center, Fitness Center, Dining Hall, Ravens’ Nest Café, Student Academic Success Center, the Library, the Wellness Center, the Counseling Center, and Campus Ministry will remain open. Telephone access to the Counseling Center will be available to students who elect to return home.
  • All non-classroom academic activities, including internships, research, and student teaching will continue as scheduled. Students should consult with their Advisor or Program Director regarding specific arrangements.
  • Student worker and graduate assistant positions will be accommodated. Students should see their supervisor for additional details.

All College events and athletic activities are canceled as of Sunday, March 15.

  • All College events (lectures, conferences, non-credit classes, and events of the Offices of Alumni Relations, Admissions, SGA, Campus Ministry, and student clubs) are canceled as of Sunday, March 15 through at least April 14.
  • Athletics (all practices and games) are cancelled at least through April 14.
  • Mass will not be celebrated in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the following Sundays: March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5, and April 12.
  • The College strongly urges all community members to minimize social interactions in large groups, both on campus and off campus. The College also encourages limiting the number of guests on campus.
  • The Open Campus Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 will take place virtually.

College related travel is suspended.

  • Any College related travel is being suspended until further notice.
  • Any student, faculty or staff member returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC country must self-isolate at home for 14 days. (See FAQ for further details.)
  • Any faculty or staff international travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.

I will continue to keep the Rosemont College community apprised of this developing situation.  If you have not done so, please be sure that your personal cell phone number and email are registered with e2Campus, our emergency alert system.  Please also be sure to check your Rosemont College email and the College’s website frequently.

If you have questions about the operations of the College detailed in this letter, I encourage you to contact one of the following offices on campus:

Office of Residence Life – 610-527-0200 x2435 or reslife@rosemont.edu
Undergraduate College Academic Dean – 610-527-0200 x2381
School of Graduate and Professional Studies - Interim Academic Dean- 610-527-0200 x2187
Wellness Center – 610-527-0200 x2420

It is the College’s hope that this period of online classes, limited gatherings, and social distancing will allow the Rosemont College community to contribute to the effort of helping to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus in the Greater Philadelphia region.

On behalf of the entire Emergency Management Team, thank you for your understanding and your flexibility as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our entire College community. 

Sincerely,

President Hirsh


 List of Cancelled Events (as of March 12, 2020)

March

  • March 13 – Alumni-Student Mock Interviews
  • March 16 – Undergraduate College Trip to Holocaust Museum
  • March 18 – Open Campus Meeting (online only)
  • March 18 - Interfaith Panel on Care of Creation  
  • March 19 – RAC Easter Egg Hunt
  • March 20 – Symposium – Institute for Ethical Leadership & Social Responsibility
  • March 21 – Undergraduate College Open House (online only)
  • March 25 – Seder Supper
  • March 25 – Golden Rose Mass & Luncheon
  • March 26 – School of Graduate & Professional Studies Alumni Networking Happy Hour
  • March 27-29 - Student Spring Retreat
  • March 28 – SEPCHE Honors Conference
  • March 29 – Bus Trip to DC
  • March 31 – Centennial Committee Meeting 

April

  • All Forum Non-Credit Courses
  • April 1- Raven Community Day
  • April 2 – Neighbors’ Meeting
  • April 3 – Spring Formal

Update on 3/10/20

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

I am writing again to update you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), as it has begun to impact the Philadelphia region. As I am sure you are aware, there are currently 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region, including two in Lower Merion Township and two in South Jersey.

At present, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus at Rosemont College.

However, the College is taking steps to ensure that we are prepared, in the event we need to change our operations because of an outbreak of the virus.

The College’s Emergency Management Team, a task force of 16 administrators, has a meeting scheduled daily and will continue to be in constant communication to manage these preparations and plans. The Team is continuing to utilize the Centers of Disease Control’s guidelines, in addition to guidelines from the US Department of Education in making its preparations.

I want to assure you that the Wellness Center and the Team are closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with our College physician, the Montgomery County Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Recent updates include:

International Travel and Return to Campus

With the safety and well-being of our students in mind, and in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation that travelers avoid all non-essential travel, the College has cancelled both the planned May 2020 trip to Italy by two courses of the Undergraduate College and the August 2020 trip to Belgium by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Global Studies Program. You can read more about the CDC’s travel advisory on the CDC's website.

The College has confirmed that no student, faculty member, or staff member has visited any of the CDC Level 2 or Level 3 (as of this writing: China, Japan, Italy, Iran, and South Korea) for any reason in the last two weeks.

The College is aware that one community member is self-isolating at home for 14-days, in an abundance of caution, due to possible exposure to another individual who traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 country in Europe. It is important to note that neither individual has exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus or any other illness.

Campus Readiness

In addition to the steps being taken by our campus partners Aramark and Parkhust to ensure the campus is being thoroughly cleaned and that food service delivery is safe (outlined in my March 5th email message), the following has been implemented:

The Office of Human Resources updated the College’s existing Flu Leave Policy (which provides employees of the College with direction should they become ill) so that it reflects that most current national guidance on the situation. It has been renamed the Communicable Disease Policy. The revised Policy is available to all employees via the iWay.

The College is ensuring that all faculty have the ability, and that the technology in in place, to continue to deliver course content remotely and that employees have the ability to work from home, should access to campus become restricted.

It is my plan to continue to keep you updated on the College’s preparations. In the meantime, please remember that the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which also include the “common cold” and influenza:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Refrain from handshakes, hugs, and close social interactions.

Because information regarding this disease is changing quickly, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at www.cdc.org.

I recognize that this situation is a challenging one, but please know that the College will continue to monitor the impacts of the coronavirus and will communicate with you any steps needed to keep you and all members of our community safe. Until then, I encourage all of us to follow this advice: “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands.”

Thank you and be well.

President Hirsh


Update on March 5th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

As you are aware, since my last communication regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), there have been many develop.m.ents, particularly across the United States. Our thoughts are with the nearly 100 people who have COVID-19, and especially with those who are among the family and friends of the 10 who have lost their lives to it in the United States.

At present, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area, however I am writing to update you on the steps that the College is taking to ensure that we are prepared, in the event we need to change our operations because of an outbreak of the virus in our region.

The College is utilizing the Centers for Disease Control’s newly released guidelines, “Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” in addition to guidelines from the US Department of Education in making its preparations. I want to assure you that the Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with our College physician, the Montgomery County Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The College’s Emergency Management Team, a taskforce of 15 administrators has been meeting periodically, and will continue to do so, to manage these preparations and plans. To date, they include:

International Travel and Return to Campus

With the safety and well-being of our students in mind, and in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Italy due to the widespread and ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, the College has cancelled the planned May 2020 trip to Italy by two courses of the Undergraduate College. You can read more about the CDC’s travel advisory on the CDC's website. No decision has been yet made regarding the School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ planned trip to Belgium in August 2020.

Any student, faculty member, or staff who has visited any of the CDC Level 2 or Level 3 (as of this writing: China, Japan, Italy, Iran, and South Korea) for any reason in the last two weeks, MUST follow the following protocols:

You must self-monitor and self-isolate at home for 14 days before returning to campus. During this time, you must monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. You will be allowed to return to campus at the end of the 14 day period.
Students must call the Wellness Center (610-527-0200 x2420) no later than Monday, March 9 to register their at home self-isolation and develop a plan for continued communication. Students will not be academically penalized because of the self-isolation. An individual academic plan will be developed for each student for their 14 day self-isolation.

Faculty and staff must call the Office of Human Resources (610-527-0200 x2590) no later than Monday, March 9 to register their at home self-isolation and develop a plan for continued communication.

Campus Readiness

Our food service vendor, Parkhurst, has a comprehensive plan in place to manage the potential increased risks represented in a communal food service environment. Strategies include increased rotation of food handling equip.m.ent, greater requirement for handwashing and re-gloving among food handlers, and higher levels of sanitization in cleaning processes for dishes, among many others.

Our facilities service vendor, Aramark, is installing additional hand sanitizer stations throughout campus, changing cleaning protocols to prevent the spread of germs, and adding new and enhanced cleaning products to its regular assortment to increase disinfectant properties.

Our Director of Wellness, Hennie Cline, is posting reminders of sickness prevention tips in the Residence Halls and all other campus buildings.

Our Director of Residence Life, Ben Huelskamp, has identified an area on campus that could be used should anyone need to be safely quarantined on campus.

The Office of Human Resources has plans to update the College’s existing Flu Leave Policy (which provides employees of the College with direction should they become ill) so that it reflects that most current national guidance on the situation. The current Policy is available to all employees via the iWay.

The Office of College Relations has reached out to all groups that rent space on our campus to ensure that they are aware of the coronavirus threat and our communicating about it within their organizations.

The Offices of Admissions for the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is exploring the uses of mobile technologies, so that they might continue to communicate with prospective students remotely.

It is my plan to continue to keep you updated on the College’s preparations. In the meantime, please remember that the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which also include the “common cold” and influenza:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Because information regarding this disease is changing quickly, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at www.cdc.org.

If you are planning travel abroad, please contact your primary care physician in advance for current travel health and vaccination recommendations or the area you will be visiting. In addition, enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations.

Rosemont College will continue to monitor this developing situation and will communicate with you any steps needed to keep you and all members of our community safe.

Thank you and be well.

President Hirsh


Update on February 27th, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,

In the past few days, you have likely heard intensifying reports about the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), that originated in Wuhan, China and has spread to more than 40 countries around the world.

Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. They also advised to prepare for the possibility of disruptions to daily life, suggesting that businesses, schools, and families plan for its potential impact. Just last evening, President Trump addressed the nation about the coronavirus.

Given that next week the Undergraduate College will be on Spring Break, we wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to all members of the Rosemont community about the importance of staying informed about the spread of coronavirus. We are strongly recommending and encouraging our students, faculty, and staff to be cautious about their travel choices during Spring Break and beyond.

We are aware that two Rosemont College study abroad trips are planned in coming months – one to Italy in May and one to Belgium in August. At present, we have made no decisions to cancel or postpone these trips, however, we are closely monitoring the situation, and will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who are scheduled to travel on those trips.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area. We want to assure you that while there are no cases or even suspected cases at Rosemont College, the Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with our College physician, the Montgomery County Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at www.cdc.org.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which also include the “common cold,” and influenza:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers, important if you plan to visit China or have recently traveled there. Because information regarding this disease is changing quickly, we advise you to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date details and guidance.

If you are planning travel abroad, please contact your primary care physician in advance for current travel health and vaccination recommendations or the area you will be visiting. In addition, enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations.

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. Visitors coming to the U.S. from China are being screened to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when entering the United States. 

Do not forget, it’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals, if prescribed. 

Rosemont College will continue to monitor the coronavirus and will communicate with you any steps needed to keep you and all members of our community safe. If necessary, we will follow up with additional communication.

Thank you and be well.

President Hirsh


Update on January 31st, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

In recent days, you have likely heard intensifying reports about an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), that originated in Wuhan, China. This new virus has greatly impacted China and has sickened more than 6,150, killing 132 people.

There are, however, currently only 71 cases outside of China in 15 other countries. To date, 6 individuals in the United States, and none in Pennsylvania or surrounding states, have tested positive for the virus. Our prayers are with those affected by this new disease and for those who treat them.

While it is a communicable virus, the threat to the public in the United States currently is considered low, lower than the seasonal influenza virus, but outbreaks of new viruses in humans are always a public health concern.

We want to assure you that while there are no cases or even suspected cases at Rosemont College, the Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with our College physician, the Montgomery County Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which also include the “common cold,” and influenza:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers, important if you plan to visit China or have recently traveled there. Since information regarding this disease is changing quickly, we advise you to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date details and guidance.

If you are planning travel abroad, please contact your primary care physician in advance for current travel health and vaccination recommendations or the area you will be visiting. In addition, enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. Visitors coming to the U.S. from China are being screened to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when entering the United States.

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member who has recently been to Wuhan, China, or who has possibly come in contact with an infected individual AND you exhibit any of the following symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, or cough, please contact your primary care physician, or urgent health facility. Students may also visit Rosemont’s Wellness Center, (610) 527-0200 x2420.

Do not forget, it’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals, if prescribed.

Rosemont College will continue monitor the coronavirus and will communicate with you any steps needed to keep you and all members of our community safe. If necessary, we will follow up with additional communication.

Thank you and be well.

President Hirsh